The Rocket Flame

Winter Skincare

When you step outside into the cold, dry air, you can suddenly feel its chilling effect on your skin. The winter’s cold air has little moisture compared to the rest of the year; therefore, it’s important to not forget to give the gift of moisturizer and other products to your skin this season.


As the weather gets colder and your skin starts to attempt to adjust, you may notice some changes in your skin. Altering your daily skincare routine may be needed in order to get your skin back to its natural healthy glow.


“I have a charcoal face wash that I wash my face with every day at both morning and night,” said Gwenhvier Hunt (12).”Then, I use witch-hazel as a toner and a Neutrogena spot treatment. Lastly, I use rose water to hydrate.”


Your skin has its own personality, so daily routines may vary depending on whether your skin is naturally dry or oily. However, seasonal change also causes your skin to adjust. With the cold and dry air, your skin may start to dry up, peel or become red and itchy.


“My skin gets really dry and breaks out more than normal in the winter time,” said Mallory Peck (11). “I make sure I cut down on how often I wash my face because the air is already dry enough, and I make sure I apply extra lotion so it stays hydrated.”


Your hands are also more prone to become dry and crack open. Carrying around a small bottle of lotion may be a lifesaver when it comes to preventing splitting skin.


There are many products that can help ease the pain and inconvenience of dry skin or even just make your skin look and feel more healthy.


“I really like witch-hazel because it’s the most natural toner that you can get,” said Hunt. “Also, it just really works.”


Also, even though Christmas cookies and candy are a must around Christmas, what you eat and drink could also have a pretty big impact on your skin’s health this season.


“I definitely know what I eat affects my skin,” said Peck. “Cutting down on the sugar does wonders for me.”


The skin is the biggest organ of the body. It covers your whole body from head to toe. It protects your other organs from harm and also helps regulate your body temperature. That being said, taking care of your skin this winter season is like a thank you for all that it does for you.


Wanna Stay Warm? Do it in Style

Hats, mittens, and scarves, oh my! There are tons of ways to keep warm this winter, but make sure you are keeping up with this season trends! There are many options to choose from, but depending on your personal look, you may lean towards a different style.



 From tartan to color block, scarves, no matter the pattern, are always a necessary piece in anyone’s winter wardrobe. Whether wearing one while you’re tubing at Whitetail or when you’re having a nice night out, a scarf can take an outfit from a not too hot.


To keep warm this winter, Kali Rotharmel (12) swears by wearing scarves to not only stay cozy but to dazzle up any outfit.

“Scarves are a nice way to accent a piece of clothing while keeping your neck warm, and staying stylish while comfortable,” said Kali Rotharmel (12).


According to India Yaffe in her article, some popular styles of scarves this winter would be blanket scarves, which are oversized and mainly come in a flannel print. Infinity scarves, a popular favorite, are still in style but are quickly being replaced by ones that drape across your shoulders and chest. On the other hand, coming quickly back into style are neck scarves, similar to ascots, but they tend to be more complicated to rock. If you are up for the challenge, although, go ahead and try it out!


Want a way to cover up your messy hair but keep your ears warm? Make sure to try out a hat! While hats are seen all year round, there are certain types that stick out during the winter.

“I think beanies are always popular during the winter, but I’ve also noticed berets have been more popular this year,” said Rachel Rotz (12).

The perfect accessory that accomplishes many goals: the hat. Not only does it keep your head warm, but it completes your whole outfit and covers up a bad hair day. Just ask Rachel Rotz (12), she swears by them!

Serving the purpose of keeping you warm, hats are very useful, but they also extend to being an accessory that pulls a look together, similar to a scarf.

“You could really wear it with anything, but I think they look best with a sweater and some jeans in the winter time,” said Rotz, “They’re casual but still pull a look together.”

While there are many high fashion hat trends this season, there are also some casual hats that you can see in this winter’s street fashion. Writer Camielle Lawson-Livingstone said on, in addition to the runway style, knit beanies, berets, newsboy caps, and even wide-brimmed fedoras are starting to make a reappearance. Some of these styles might be out of your comfort zone, but give one a try to make your outfit look like it just came out of New York Fashion Week!


Everyone knows a coat is to keep you warm, but that doesn’t have to be all it does! Don’t have a boring average coat. Instead, lean towards a coat that not only keeps you warm but makes people stop and ask where you got it!

“My favorite coat is a black bomber jacket,” said Jacob Troupe (11). “It’s in style right now, but not many people at JB wear them.”

A unique jacket may seem like it won’t go with anything, but it might complete your wardrobe.  It can change a look

You shouldn’t leave the house without a coat, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Jacob Troupe (11) wears a fashion-forward bomber jacket to stay warm in the chilly weather.

from drab to fab!

“I like the classic look and feel that the jacket gives, and it goes well with a wide variety of clothes,” said Troupe.

As you can see on this article on by Amy de Klerk, the main trend this season is trench coats! Not just any plain trench coat, though. Instead, strong and bold patterns and fabrics are making this classic jacket stand out. On top of the trench, a new kind of coat is making its way into every store: the teddy. The teddy is a fuzzy jacket, usually camel colored, that many stores are aiming towards the younger generation.


The winter months are always fluctuating up and down in weather. It could be raining one day, it could be sunny and warm the next, and then the day after there are 8 inches of snow on the ground. With the weather constantly changing, it is easy to take a summer shoe and turn it into a winter shoe, or vice versa.

Incorporating shoes from other seasons, Mallory Peck (11) said, “I really like wearing my black converse, and also my Christmas cabin socks with Birkenstocks.”

No matter what the weather calls for, it is easy to figure out a shoe to wear.

Socks and sandals are making a comeback, and they are keeping everyone’s feet warm and comfortable. Mallory Peck (11) can’t go a day without camp socks and a pair of Birkenstocks on her feet!

“My black converse is a shoe you can wear in any weather. Socks with Birkenstocks is definitely a shoe to wear when it’s chilly out, and not raining or snowing,” said Peck.

Popping into style this season, writer Hannah Almassi depicts on how booties with cowboy boot accents, thick-soled sneakers, and loafers are on the scene. While those are the shoe styles, there are also elements of the shoe design that is new, such as animal print, leather brown, and square-toed silhouettes.

Whether dressing high-fashion or in trend with your age group, there are tons of trends to keep up with this winter. No matter what season, styles are changing and progressively coming in and out of style.

10 Ways To Make Your Christmas Season Sleigh

After all the turkey and stuffing is gone, and 95.1 immediately begins playing Christmas music, it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. You can finally crank up “Jingle Bells” and decorate your tree with no judgment of celebrating “too early.” There are many little things you can do to make your Christmas season as festive as possible.


Hershey Sweet Lights in Hershey, PA is a 2-mile drive through about 600 different displays of animated Christmas lights. As you drive through the winding  path, you can tune your radio to the special station that corresponds to the dancing and twinkling lights.

Hershey’s Sweet Lights in Hershey, PA.

Another way to enjoy the Christmas season is to take advantage of the deals when it comes to holiday shopping. Many stores have special promotions going on for buying lots of gifts. Malls and stores are decorated for the season and luring shoppers in with their sales and festive music. Locally, many people go to the Valley Mall or the Hagerstown Premium Outlets to do their holiday shopping.


Immediately after Thanksgiving, the upbeat and happy Christmas music begins to play which makes it obvious that it’s time for the holidays and to celebrate. Listening to Christmas music is a central idea in the holiday season.


“Listening to Christmas songs makes me enjoy this season so much because it just warms my heart how happy everyone gets,” said Lizzie Pittman (12).


One prominent thing in the holidays is shopping for a Christmas tree. Picking out a live Christmas tree is a unique experience when it comes to just getting an artificial tree out of a box every year.


“Finding the perfect Christmas tree with my family really puts me in the holiday spirit,” said Nathan Walls (12).


Another idea is ice skating. Locally, you can go to the Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex and lace up a pair of ice skates. Admission is $5.00 and skate rental is $2.00.


“I really enjoyed going  ice skating my first time”, said Marlee Barry (12), “I liked it so much I actually once thought about taking lessons”.


Many locals in our area also spend time at Whitetail Ski Resort throughout the winter season, whether it’s time spent working, skiing, snowboarding or tubing. Whitetail has not yet opened for the season but will soon begin making snow for lots of skiers and snowboarders to enjoy.


Around this time is when many family members and friends give and receive gifts from one another. Many people participate in “Secret Santa” gift exchanges. Names are drawn out and you must get a gift for that person and keep it a secret until you exchange gifts.


“Secret Santa is a great way to celebrate the holiday because of the suspense and excitement it creates by not knowing who is surprising you”, said Emily Gipe (12).


Student Council also holds the annual Food Drive for the holiday season where students can bring in non-perishable canned goods to donate to families in need. The competition that takes place between the homerooms to win the prize gets lots of students participating.


There are also many other ways to donate back to the community during the holidays. Many “Toys for Tots” boxes and local shelters and organizations are in need of donations.


“We should all aspire to help others because helping other should be a part of your life,” said Mallory Peck (11). “Seeing someone else happy and know you were able to make that happen in some sort of way is one of the best feelings.”


Snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, and sugar cookies are another way add to the holiday season. Many people bake treats to share with friends and family as a miniature present and a way to enjoy each other.


“My family always has a cookie bake day where we all get together at my great aunt’s house to eat lunch, bake cut out cookies, make a craft, and just have a good time in everyone’s company,” said Elena McNulty (11).


Memories and traditions made this time of year become annual and a special part of many people’s Christmas.


“My favorite tradition is playing Hershey Kiss Oven Mitt Relay Race at my Nana’s house after dinner,” said Harley Rife (12). “We put on oven mitts and try to unwrap a Hershey Kiss. When everyone on your team unwraps their candy, they get to open gifts first and also receive a mystery gift.”


When it’s time to relax by the Christmas tree, make sure you include watching lots of Christmas movies. This time of year, many TV channels and apps like Netflix have a wide selection of Christmas movies to enjoy with your families. Some movies to watch on Netflix are How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Princess Switch, The Christmas Chronicles, and A Christmas Prince.


“All my family watches Hallmark Christmas movies the entire day of Christmas Eve in our matching pj’s and then we make home made cookies for the younger ones to put out for Santa,” said Kali Rotharmel (12).


Many memories can be made and fun can be had while doing activities during Christmas. You can spend time enjoying the weather and seasonal activities, but always remember the real reason for the season and what it means to you.


How Do You Like That AppleFest?


Vendors are set up along the square of Chambersburg for Applefest.

On October 20, The Downtown Business Council had their annual Chambersburg AppleFest.  AppleFest is a family tradition with lots of entertainment, crafts, and food vendors. The festival lasted from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday.  The event is free and has many activities for the whole family. The Festival covered around six blocks of downtown Chambersburg with over 180 vendors.

Tony Diehl sells Denim Coffee at the Chambersburg Applefest.

“When we found out we could put a table outside and serve right in the community we jumped on it and we are happy to be out here! ” said Tony Diehl from Denim Coffee.

Denim Coffee is a roaster based in Shippensburg that is taking over C&C Coffee on the square of Chambersburg.  Many businesses use the AppleFest as a way to get out in the community and promote their products.

This is the case for Angela Martin, a first-year vendor at the Chambersburg AppleFest with her business Amenity Therapeutic Herbal Wraps.  

Angela Martin sets up her booth at the Chambersburg Applefest.

 “It’s going wonderful, I’ve been so busy this morning I haven’t had a chance to eat my lunch … I’ve always visited this Festival and then I started my own business in 2015 and I thought it would be fun to come sell my product,” said Angela.

Some of our own teachers were at the AppleFest, some would say it was a “JB reunion.”  James Buchanan Faculty Ms. Amy Violante, Mrs. Lynn Troutman, and Ms. Amanda Kuchinski were at the Apple Festival with their families and friends.  Watching the Mar-Le-Nie dance performance was a hit with the James Buchanan Faculty because Troutman’s daughter, Claira, performed.

Amy Violante (faculty) left, (Dietrich Troutman), Lynn Troutman (faculty), and Claria Troutman sit in the food court at the Chambersburg Applefest.

The food vendors were another big hit with the festival. “I’m coming back later today with my mom and I hope we’ll go to the Falafel Shack vendor… it’s my favorite restaurant.” said Violante.

Along with the Faculty, there were also many students from James Buchanan at the Applefest.  Mallory Peck (11) and Madison White (11) were just two of the many students participating in the Apple Festival.

“The AppleFest is tons of fun, it’s a family bonding experience,” Peck (11) said.  

Mallory Peck (11) enjoys a apple cider slushie at the Chambersburg Applefest.

  She has been going for many years and would even consider it a family tradition.  Peck enjoys walking around and looking at all the different products people are selling.  

Next October, put AppleFest in your calendar for a memorable experience.

Navigate Left
  • Mamma Mia!


    Mamma Mia!

  • Dancing on Valentine


    Dancing on Valentine’s

  • A Recital To Remember


    A Recital To Remember

  • Valentines Day in One Word


    Valentines Day in One Word

  • New Years Resolution


    New Years Resolution

  • Almost, Maine


    Almost, Maine

  • Christmas in One Word


    Christmas in One Word

  • What


    What’s Your Number Mean?

  • Tuff Puff


    Tuff Puff

  • Black Friday flyers


    Black Friday

Navigate Right
The Student News Site of James Buchanan High School
Mallory Peck